So Dak Best Burger Contest

So Dak's Best Burger Contest

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council is excited to announce the top 5 nominees for the 2024 So Dak’s Best Burger contest! Thank you for all of your nominations this summer grilling season! Top 5 judging will take place between June 21 - July 21, 2024.

The 2024 So Dak’s Best Burger will be announced on August 1, 2024 via SDBIC Facebook!

So Dak Best Burger - Top 5

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About our 2024 Top 5 – So Dak Best Burger Nominees

Circle E Drive-In (Murdo, SD)

Nominated Burger: Big Al Burger

Address: 212 Kennedy Ave, Murdo, SD


Murph’s Burgers and Fries (Sioux Falls, SD)

Nominated Burger: Famous Murph Burger

Address: 5312 East Arrowhead Pkwy, Sioux Falls, SD


Neighbors Grub and Pub (Summerset, SD)

Nominated Burger: The Angry Neighbor Burger

Address: 7280 Freedom LN, Summerset, SD


The New Frontier (Webster, SD)

Nominated Burger: Dipt'n Dusted Burger

Address: 500 Main Street Webster, SD


Horseshoe Restaurant (Deadwood, SD)

Nominated Burger – Whiskey Bourbon Burger

Address: 270 Main St, Deadwood, SD


HONORABLE MENTION: Baker’s Bakery & Café (Custer, SD)

Nominated Burger: Mikes Burger

Address: 541 Mount Rushmore Rd Custer, SD


Contest Information

Judging Criteria

Selection of the 2024 So Dak’s Best Burger will be conducted by an anonymous judging panel. Judges will not announce their presence at your restaurant or request a free meal. The decision of the judges is final.

The following guidelines will be used in judging:

  • Taste (of burger patty) – 50%
  • Appearance and Presentation – 30%
  • Proper cooking temperature / degree of doneness – 10%
    To medium doneness, internal temperature reaches 160° F.
  • Overall – 10%

How we selected our finalists

Five (5) burgers/restaurants were selected on June 20, 2024 as finalists from throughout the state based on the number of nominations each restaurant received during the nomination period. The SDBIC retains the discretion to make all decisions about the selection of these five finalists. All decisions of the SDBIC are final.

  • All burgers nominated from a single restaurant were included in that restaurant’s final nomination total.
  • Restaurants who received nominations for multiple locations were counted per individual location not as a total.